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THIS TOWN: “This is the point of the party where I become everything I mock.” — NYT‘s Mark Leibovich at his book party last night at the home of NYT‘s Peter Baker and Susan Glasser. Photograph and quote by Rachel Sklar. If you squint you can see NYT‘s Carl Hulse just behind Leibo’s head.

Special note to NJ‘s Ron Fournier: Our ears were burning last night.

Convo Between a Journo and a Political Type

Political consultant Mike Murphy: “Dear HRC, please put NYC, Huma, and the rest of us out of our misery and cap Carlos Danger. One sentence press release will do it. Thank you.”

Commentary‘s John Podhoretz: “Shaddap you face trying to spoil everybody’s fun.”

Beauty queen pissed at bread throwers

“Dear ppl who throw bread at birds: clean up your shit! It’s not my dogs job to eat your moldy bread! Thanks for the morning heart attack!” — Miss DC 2009 Jen Corey.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 6:56 a.m. (In which they spell “Caroline Kenndy” like that.)

What’s the definition of ‘is’?

“Weiner story really testing definition of word ‘past’” — BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith.  And this: “Huma needs to pull a Mellie Grant on Weiner’s ass.” — BuzzFeed‘s Ellie Hall.

Comm guy nearly hit by car

“GAH! Almost drilled by a driver making a high speed left turn while I was IN THE BLOODY CROSSWALK. Heart is still in back of my throat. Seriously, if I hadn’t looked up and stopped, I’d be on my way to the ER right now. Oy.” — Ben Harris, Rockville-based communications professional.

Fournier tells political observers to shut up

“Partisans (Rs and Ds): The presidential address you’re twittering about won’t be heard by most Americans or effect their lives. Move along.” — NJ‘s Ron Fournier, the moral compass of This Town.

 

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Quotes of the Day: The V.P. Debate Edition

“Biden is better than Viagra for senior citizens #vpdebate” — ABC’s “The View” and Current TV’s Joy Behar.

Praise for Martha!

“Martha Raddatz already won this debate.” — lawyer and CNN Contributor Rachel Sklar.

“Can we have Martha do the debates at Hofstra and Boca, too?” — New York magazine’s John Heilemann.

“Hold Ryan’s feet to the fire Martha! That’s right!” — D.C. Councilman and former Mayor Marion Barry.

“Asking Martha Raddatz to moderate my Thanksgiving dinner.” — JRC’s Ryan Beckwith.

“Have we mentioned in the past 3 minutes what a great #VPdebate Martha Raddatz is running? Yep.” — Mother Jones.

“Martha Raddatz is doing a great job. Substantive and also maintaining control.” — NBC’s David Gregory.

“Holy smokes does @MarthaRaddatz know her facts or what?” — Photographer Lauren Burke.

Down with Martha!

It seems like whenever @PaulRyanVP is getting on a roll, Martha ‘Obama attended my wedding’ Raddatz cuts him off.” — The Daily Caller‘s Matthew Boyle, who added, “Martha ‘Obama attended my wedding’ Raddatz shouldn’t be allowed to moderate any more debates in future. She’s failed.”

“THE MARTHA AND JOE TAGTEAM INTERRUPTING RYAN.” — Conservative blogger Robert Stacy McCain.

“I’m sorry, after tonight I cannot support the Lehrer-Raddatz ticket.” — National Review‘s Jim Geraghty.

A compliment and an insult for Martha

“The thing about @MarthaRaddatz is she’s a reporter, not an anchor.” — Slate‘s Farhad Manjoo.

Debate fallout: Top Thoughts 

“Crossfire: VEEP edition.” — NYT‘s Nick Confessore.

“Old guys acting like a jerk ain’t cool. Think Romney’s jeans-wearing is also silly, for what it’s worth.” — Washington Examiner‘s Paul Bedard.

“Biden translation: I’ve been boys with Bibi since you were in diapers little buddy.” — CBS’s Kaylee Hartung.

“Biden is noticeably more loose. More folksy. Ryan has been solid..and his little interjection just now showed some life.” — NationalReviewOnline‘s Robert Costa.

“There is a real hair-product gap between the Obama-Biden and Romney-Ryan tickets.” — The New Yorker‘s Ryan Lizza.

“Biden is seriously annoying. Shut up dude.” — The Daily Caller‘s Paul Conner.

“Biden basically uncorking every line liberals wanted Obama to use.” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel.

“Fair to say Biden is speaking with details and Ryan in broad platitudes. Reflects their backgrounds on this subject matter.” — HuffPost‘s Sam Stein.

“This is better than Jerry Springer!” — Reason magazine’s Peter Suderman.

“I think Biden thinks he had his Lloyd Bentsen ‘you’re no Jack Kennedy’ moment with his “you’re kennedy now?” line. He didn’t.” — NationalReviewOnline‘s Jonah Goldberg.

“It is frightening right now how much Joe Biden reminds me of my dad (also from Scranton)” — NYT‘s Ashley Parker.

“Amazing Ryan is keeping his cool. I’m not onstage and Biden is starting to piss me off.” — The Atlantic‘s Molly Ball.

“Biden is going full-Biden tonight.” — RealClearPolitics reporter Scott Conroy.

“Seriously, Biden is just schooling young Ryan…fun to watch tho” — Media MattersEric Boehlert.

“What’s weird: Biden a little too loose, Ryan a little too tight.” — WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza.

“Biden fueled up for debate last few days on M&Ms, animal crackers & Gatorade. Sugar high appeared to kick in around 8:59 ET”  — West Wing Report‘s Paul Brandus.

“You have to admit, Biden is on fire.” — UVA Political Science Prof Larry Sabato.

“The Biden smile. its like a thousand snarky hate daggers” — BuzzFeed Washington Bureau Chief John Stanton.

“I think they tightened @JoeBiden’s hair plugs a little too much tonight.” — TownHall‘s Derek Hunter.

“Biden has mastered the art of answering the subject (and not the question), which is very effective in debates.” — The Week.com‘s Marc Ambinder.

“I’m 47 and not rich. I’m going to need Social Security, fuckers.” — WashingtonStakeOut.com  blogger Sam Husseini, who is also Comm. Director for the Institute for Public Accuracy.

“This debate is terrible. It is not a matter of who wins. It is a matter of this is just the kind of politics people hate.” — GOP Pollster Dick Morris.

“How this debate differs from fish: It takes three days for a fish to start stinking.” — Reason magazine’s Nick Gillespie.

And now, Chris Cillizza for the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte

“The pumpkin spice latte is the Raul Ibanez of coffee drinks. It’s not always around but when it is, it’s very, very good.” — WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza.

Photo Credit: A parade of compliments poured in for the above Reuters photograph of Joe Biden and Paul Ryan. 

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QUOTES of the DAY

“I dunno how politicians wake up each morning and forget every phone everywhere is a multimedia recording device, but thank god they do.”BuzzFeed Washington Bureau Chief John Stanton.

Round 2: Hilary Versus the Romneys?

“The disdain Romney has for those who’ve lived differently than his privileged family flows from every pore. #Sad” — CNN Democratic Political Analyst Hilary Rosen, who links to this story by TPM about Mitt Romney headlined “Devastated.”

TPM Editor gives Mojo’s David Corn a big warm hug 

“I don’t know the provenance of the tape. It’s apparently been bouncing around on the interwebs before getting published by Mother Jones. But I know David Corn. And he wouldn’t have posted it under his name if he weren’t pretty certain he had the authenticity of the tape nailed. So I’m assuming the tape is legit for the purposes of what I say below.” — TPM Editor Josh Marshall, who said he was on vacation and on “half-watching” the news on Monday.

An intriguing idea

“Starting [today], Romney campaign will allow cameras into fundraisers held at public venues. Up until now, was pen and pad only.” — ABC News Producer Emily Friedman. Or maybe that’s not such a hot idea…“Sound rule of thumb, for presidential candidates and everyone else alike: It’s always worse if there’s video.” — The Hill‘s Niall Stanage.

TV journo gets weight question

“Yep – trying – amazing when you eat better and exercise – what can happen -thnx.” — FNC’s Bret Baier to a follower who asked, “You losing weight?” It just so happens that Baier was recognized as one of the journos in need of a salad in our Summer Superlatives. The other was his colleague, Bob Beckel.

Reporter wonders if she’s the devil

“I have 6666 followers. Does that make me the devil?” — HuffPost‘s Elise Foley. (We’re sorry to break it to you here, like this, Elise, but yes, you might be the devil.)

Chef Geoff gets journo love

“@chefgeoffs Great news. Kid says yours is the best burger of all of the spots we go to. Has already asked to return. (Cheers to Norah)” — Yahoo! News’ Olivier Knox.

Convo Between Two Journos

Today’s conversation is between The Atlantic’s David Graham and The Guardian and Salon‘s Jim Newell, who formerly worked at Gawker.

Graham: Worth nothing Newsweek recently let go ace Middle East reporter Babak Dehghanpisheh in Beirut. So instead we get Ayaan Hirsi Ali retreads.

The Fashionista 

“LOVE Chris Matthews special Yom Tov shirt & tie combo! So festive! #hardball.” — Rachel Sklar on Matthews, who wore a red and white striped button down with a red polka dot and striped tie on Monday’s program.

Newell: So is Newsweek now like Gawker where the former writers shit all over it as soon as they leave?

 Graham: I’m really, really trying not to.

The liberal media hater

“Jonathan @capehart on MSNBC mocking @RickSantorum over ‘elite’ comments. This would be funny, if it weren’t so pathetically sad.” — Conservative blogger Robert Stacy McCain. Jonathan Capehart is a left-wing op-ed writer for WaPo and an MSNBC Contributor.

Important Questions to Ponder: “We are discussing Kate Middleton…is the topless photos a big deal as the Royal Family is making it? Would you buy the photos? #tmzlive” — TMZ Founder Harvey Levin. And from FNC’s Greta Van Susteren: “KATE MIDDLETON PICS POLL – did you? or didn’t you? click, read and vote: Take Our poll.” Take Greta’s poll here.

Brrr!

“It’s so cold in my office, my fingernails are purple. This device is clearly ignoring my request.” — Erica Elliott, Comm. Director for House Maj. Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.).

Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.

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Quotes of the Day


Supermodel Elle MacPherson and a bland and bald companion show up to the WHCD dinner. On their way into the ballroom, he grabbed her ass.

Overheard: “Aren’t you SOMEONE? Because you look like someone.” — a common refrain all weekend long from journos and politicos trying to figure out the identities of wonks and D-listers attending the White House Correspondents’ Dinner and its surrounding parties.

CNN correspondent connects with her idol: Diane Sawyer

“Ohhhhh my. Can we say journalism idol. Diane Sawyer. #nerdprom” — CNN’s Brooke Baldwin.

Lindsay Lohan on getting invited to D.C.’s prom

“Lindsay Lohan on getting #whcd invitation through her lawyer ‘I thought I was in trouble, like ‘Oh, no, wha…’” — HuffPost‘s Christina Wilkie.

Weigel moves, better said, tweets his way through the crowd

“Too many tuxedos. Can barely see the double agent I need to assassinate. #SXSW” – Slate‘s Dave Weigel.

Prom coverage…

“This really used to be about the White House correspondents, let’s be honest, it really isn’t anymore.” — Politico‘s Patrick Gavin on C-SPAN coverage during the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. “That’s the state of things today. Celebrities drive the culture.”

Reaction on Kimmel from BuzzFeed‘s Ben Smith: “Kimmel’s best stuff has been fat jokes and blind jokes #yikes #whcd” And from resident know-it-all NYT David Carr: “Obama kilt it. Kimmel had half a set of amazing jokes. #nerdprom.” More importantly, actress/activist Mia Farrow weighs in, saying, “This is painful #jimmy #WHCD” But Tom Hanks‘s son, Colin, disagreed. “And @jimmykimmel slayed as well. Extremely fun evening.” From Politico‘s Jonathan Martin: “Kimmel, first real round of ‘oooos,’ for saying Olbermann ‘has more pink slips than Marcus Bachmann.’” And JMart’s colleague Maggie Haberman: “Please bring back Seth Myers. #help #whcd”

Kurtz gets acquainted with food on Planet Earth

“Ah, mystery meat in gravy and some kind of creamed corn thing. #nerdprom” — The Daily Beast/CNN’s Howard Kurtz acting like he has never seen food before last night at the White House Correspondents’ dinner. Exposé expected on “Reliable Sources” this morning.

Sklar stays at the Hilton

“I stay here every year whether I go to the dinner or not.” — Mediaite founder and lawyer Rachel Sklar, appearing on C-SPAN from her Hilton hotel room during the dinner on C-SPAN. She said she $119 for at least one night at the Hilton this weekend by purchasing her room online. During his performance, Jimmy Kimmel, who was also staying there, said the place isn’t that nice.

Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.

Jewish Scribes to Tell Stories Behind 6-Word Memoirs

On Tuesday, April 3 at Sixth & I, contributors to SMITH Magazine’s Oy! Only Six? Why Not More?— Six-Word Memoirs on Jewish Life book will tell the stories behind their 6-word memoirs.

SMITH is  known for its Six-Word Memoir® project, which has led to a bestselling book series, including Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous & Obscure and Six-Word Memoirs on Love & Heartbreak.

Upcoming storytellers include…

Alan Cheuse – NPR’s longtime “voice of books.”

Rachel Sklar – Media maven and a founding editor of Mediaite, former media editor of HuffPost, and founder of Change the Ratio and Charitini.com. (Pictured above right)

Adam Ruben – My So-Called Jewish Life 2011 storyteller, and a writer, comedian, and molecular biologist.

Lynn Harris – A communications strategist for the global human rights organization Breakthrough, co-creator of the multimedia phenom, Breakup Girl, and the author of Death By Chick Lit and Miss Media.

Russ Roberts – Author, professor of economics, host of the award-winning podcast, EconTalk, and has produced two rap videos.

Annie Groer – Former WaPo and PoliticsDaily.com writer, as well as a two time National Chicken Cooking contest contender who once danced across the Kennedy Center stage with Liberace. (Pictured above left)

Visit here for ticketing info.

Sunday Morning Panels: Only Males Need Apply

Today we check in with the Sunday morning shows to find out how many trouser snakes will appear on the programs. CNN’s “Reliable Sources” also often invites on two female guests. It comes as no surprise that NBC’s “The Chris Matthews Show” is consistently the fairest of them all: two men, two women.

NBC’s “Meet the Press”: 1

Ted Koppel, Special Correspondent, NBC News, Lisa Myers, Investigative Correspondent, NBC News, Alex Castellanos, Republican Strategist, Chuck Todd, Political Director and Chief White House Correspondent, NBC News

CBS’s “Face the Nation”: 1

John Dickerson, CBS News Political Director
Norah O’Donnell, CBS News Chief White House Correspondent

ABC’s “This Week”: 1

Diane Sawyer, Anchor, World News, ABC
George Stephanopoulos, Anchor, Good Morning America, ABC News
Jake Tapper, Senior White House Correspondent, ABC News
Jonathan Karl, Senior Political Correspondent, ABC News
John Berman, Correspondent, ABC News

NBC’s “The Chris Matthews Show”: 2

Major Garrett, NJ
Kelly O’Donnell, NBC News
David Ignatius, WaPo
Gloria Borger, CNN

CNN “Reliable Sources”: 2

Margaret Carlson, Bloomberg
John Harris, Politico
Matt Lewis, The Daily Caller
John Harris, Politico
Rachel Sklar, Mediaite
Robert Thompson, Syracuse University

FNC’s “Fox News Sunday”: We’ll scrounge for this and get it to you as quickly as we can.

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Quotes of the Day


HuffPost White House and Congressional Reporter Jennifer Bendery: “Hill reporters using their greatest weapon against mean Capitol Hill officer telling us to leave!” She posted the above photograph of Capitol Hill reporters from last night.

‘Steamed Greta

A commenter from our story yesterday, “Steamed Greta Comes to Ed Henry’s Rescue” wrote, “‘Steamed Greta is also a Swedish breakfast dish.’” We had no idea.

Assessing Ezra’s shiny TV lips

“Umm, is @ezraklein wearing a diamond shine pink lipgloss?” A popular follower of Washington media types @emokidsloveme in a Thursday night tweet after watching our Ezzy on MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell‘s “The Last Word.” She said Klein is likely wearing Mac Lusterglass and explained, “It’s a type of lipgloss, it’s got micro glitter flecks in it for that diamond shine when you’re talking to Lawrence O’Donnell.” This is not preposterous. Back in January, Mediaite‘s Editor-at-Large Rachel Sklar also suggested Ezra might wear lipgloss on TV.

Yes, there are dumb questions

“Dumb question of the evening: What’s the mood on Capitol Hill tonight?” — CBS White House Radio Correspondent Mark Knoller in a Thursday night tweet.

Double the fun with Sean Hannity

“Double-dipping w/ @seanhannity today – radio show this afternoon, TV show in mere moments. #thencanigohome #doubtful” — Sen. Rand Paul‘s (R-Ky.) Spokeswoman Moira Bagley in a Thursday tweet.

A desperate plea

“ATTENTION UNNAMED SOURCES: Return My Freaking Phone Calls, Please.” — Conservative blogger and former TWT Editor Robert Stacy McCain in a Thursday tweet.

The Observer

“This is by far the most insane situation I’ve ever seen folks in all my years on Capitol Hill. #debt” — Roll Call‘s John Stanton in a Thursday tweet.

Interns come bearing cupcakes

“Interns in the office finish up today… and just brought in sweets from Georgetown Cupcake. Well played, interns. Well played.” — Military TimesDan Lamothe in a Thursday tweet.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“Baking in apartment sans AC = not fun. (And yes, I think this is a completely necessary tweet. It’s hot.)” — Roll Call feature writer Jessica Estepa in a Thursday tweet. Previous tweets about her lack of a pantry and an iPad being referred to as a “mobile device” earned her the award in recent days. How hot her apartment is still unnecessary, but a note to Metro Weekly‘s Sean Bugg: She’s gaining on you!

Reporter closes down House Gallery

“Last person in my House gallery for #debtmageddon, so CSPAN volume down, @parksandrecnbc volume up.” — Politico congressional reporter Marin Cogan in a Thursday night tweet.

Scribe reacts to Christie fat jokes and remarks

“What I learned in doing a Twitter search on Chris Christie: People are cold.” — Jen Connic, Social Media Producer for the Star Ledger in Newark, NJ, in a Thursday tweet. Unfortunately we thought NJ meant National Journal. We regret the error.

Gym time: ruined

“Grrr. Gym experience ruined by two gossipy, cackly queens. Not even cute, either.” — The Guardian’s Matthew Wells in a Thursday tweet.

Journos: Barf, Tell Your Story, and Win an iPad

Good things come to those journalists who get food poisoning and are willing to blog about it.

Yesterday we informed you that WaPo Express News Editor Clinton Yates got sick on potato salad this week. It turns out he also vomits whenever he eats melon. That’s an allergy. Add Mediaite‘s Editor-at-Large Rachel Sklar to the yakking club this week. Her ordeal was a toss between olives and a Chipotle burrito.

Enter Home Food Safety. They want to know, “What’s the worst case of food poisoning you’ve ever had?” They want bloggers to share their experiences and send them the links. In return, they’ll be in the running for an iPad.

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Quick! Dump the Potato Salad

Note to Clinton Yates: A polite warning. Do not read this item or look at the photograph.

Clinton Yates, Local News Editor for WaPo Express, had a rough Tuesday morning. “There’s an 84% [chance] that something I ate last night is gonna make me barf today. Argh,” he wrote on Twitter.

Sure enough, he was right. But it wasn’t easy getting him to spit up what happened.

Me: So what did you eat last night? Don’t leave anything out, please.

Him: That sounds dirty! It was the potato salad, I think, that did me in.

Me: What sounds dirty? I want the whole rundown. What, hot dogs, hamburgers, pickles? Sour cream?

Him: I told you, I think it was the potato salad.

Me: Can’t I get the whole menu? Did you actually get sick or was it just the threat of it?

Him: I was puking for the better part of the morning.

Me: Hope you’re feeling better. And throw out the potato salad!

Me: Sorry. One last question. At home or work?

Him: At home. Took a sick day as a result.

Could this be catching? This morning Rachel Sklar, Editor-at-Large of Mediaite and former Editor of FishbowlNY and HuffPost‘s “Eat the Press,” greeted the day by writing, “Good morning. Food poisoning. Ugh.” She later directed a message to CNN’s Ali Velshi, saying, “Your show is comforting me as I barf from food poisoning. Thank you!” We caught up with Rachel this morning in between her bouts of vomiting and learned that she did not ingest any of Yates’ dreadful potato salad. “Either from olives from Olives (bar at W Hotel Union Square) or a giant Chipotle burrito,” she wrote FBDC. “That was awwwwwwful. But had CNN on in the background so at least I’m all caught up on Casey Anthony!”

Calling all journalists: Have any food poisoning stories you’d like to share with us? Write to FishbowlDC@mediabistro.com or to FishbowlBetsy@gmail.com.

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QUOTES of the DAY


Unlike Clinton’s Reines, NRSC flak drinks D.C. tap water

“Not sure its newsworthy but FWIW I like to keep it interesting and drink the DC tap water.” — NRSC Spokesman Brian Walsh in a Tuesday tweet. He’s making fun of the WaPo profile written on Sec. of State Hilary Clinton flak Philippe Reines, who, for the profile offers the writer “helpful” tips on “color” about him. One of the stupider examples is that Reines doesn’t drink D.C. tap water.

Weiner’s ‘ultimate blow

“BREAKING: In ultimate blow, Dem leadership forces Weiner to pull his self-nomination for The Hill‘s ’50 Most Beautiful’ contest.” — Politico‘s Patrick Gavin in a Tuesday tweet.

Politico reporter attended same high school as Gov. Christie

“Chris Christie’s interview with Piers M. was conducted at my (his) high school. Didn’t love it there but glad to see it.” — Politico‘s Jennifer Epstein in a Tuesday tweet.

Journo love

“Things won’t be the same around here without @frates, a real gentleman who always proves that chivalry isn’t dead.” — Politico‘s Amie Parnes in a Tuesday tweet. She’s referring to Chris Frates who’s moving to NJ.

Conspiracy Theories

“First Weinergate, now Hef calls off wedding hmmm …” — CNN Senior White House Correspondent Ed Henry in a Tuesday tweet.

Sklar’s charge: Few women in Page One

“I loved Page One. It was a great documentary. But it was depressing how few women made the cut, to speak, from the NYT and outside.” — Mediaite Editor-at-Large Rachel Sklar in a Tuesday tweet. Page One gets screened in D.C. tonight with a Q & A with some of the documentary’s stars.

A brief episode of The Nerdy Shore

“Looking for a good aftermarket power adapter for my two-year-old Macbook. Anyone particularly enamored by theirs?” — WaPo liberal blogger and Nerdy Shore cast member Ezra Klein in a Tuesday tweet.

Reporter falls for his soup

“I love you, Chicken Enchilada Soup from Chili’s.” — The Atlantic‘s Joshua Green in a Tuesday tweet.

Weiner humor

“I cannot get my hands around this whole Weiner story…” — Comedian Ali Wentworth in a Tuesday tweet. She’s the wife of ABC GMA Host George Stephanopoulos.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“Did not realize that patch-covered heavy-metal jean vests were called ‘battle jackets.’” — Reason Associate Editor Peter Suderman in a Tuesday tweet. Neither did we, Peter, and we still don’t care. You may think we’re insulting you, but it takes talent to win this award. Just ask Metro Weekly‘s Sean Bugg, who has filled this slot many times.

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